No Such Thing: K12 Education in the Digital Age
A podcast about the promise and reality of learning with technology
The show is about learning with technology, but it's not the same old EdTech or "STEM" preachery. It's about the realities and exciting potential, but it's also about youth and the practitioners who support them: youth d
Universal Design for Learning CS
Universal Design is a practice born out of architecture, and the late Ronald Mace, whose approach was to consider every body in the design of the built environment, not to design for some and amend or "adapt" for others. Guests in this episode discuss Universal Design for Learning, which shares this ideology as it relates to pedagogy and the design of learning environments.Maya Israel, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Educational Technology in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida. She is also the research director at the Creative Technology Research Lab. Dr. Israel’s research focuses on strategies for supporting students with disabilities and other struggling learners’ meaningful engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with emphases on computational thinking, computer science education, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).Meg Ray is the Teacher in Residence at Cornell Tech. She is responsible for the implementation and design of the Teacher in Residence program, a coaching program for K-8 teachers in New York City schools. An experienced middle and high school computer science teacher and special educator, Meg directed the design of the Codesters Python curricula for middle school students and served as a writer for the Computer Science Teachers’ Association K-12 CS Standards and as a special advisor to the K12 CS Framework. She lives in New York.Ron Summers is a nationally recognized educator and the Executive Director for NYC Department of Education's Computer Science 4 All. He is an expert in developing computer science and entrepreneurship programs for special project initiatives that focus on youth education using the design processes and computer science principles.Links from this episode:Ronald Mace: https://projects.ncsu.edu/ncsu/design/cud/about_us/usronmace.htmUniversal Design for Learning: http://www.cast.org/our-work/about-udl.htmlCreative Technology Research Lab:https://education.ufl.edu/ctrl/Direct link to the UDL and collaborative discussion framework section of the lab website: https://education.ufl.edu/ctrl/projects/tactic/UDL in CS crowdsourced document: https://education.ufl.edu/ctrl/files/2020/05/Copy-of-UDL-and-CS_CT-remix.pdfCornell Tech: www.tech.cornell.eduCAST: http://www.cast.org/Thompson Education Consulting: http://tectalksolve.com/Thompson Education Consulting on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TECtalkTECsolveThompson Education Consulting on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tectalktecsolve/
Boys and Girls Clubs of America During Covid
You may be having a similar experience to my own where, when I ask my kids about what they miss from their non-Covid schedule, they talk a lot about afterschool. Sometimes I make the mistake of thinking that it goes without saying at this point, but it doesn't, that out of school time, and the professionals who support learners beyond the school bell are absolutely critical in the special sauce of your kids. If you haven't yet, reach out and find out how you can support your local programs - give a high five to the education professionals, many of whom, are spending a lot more time with your kids than their teachers are.Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA for short) is an iconic brand, and for good reason - it serves more than 4mm students through its federated network of clubs all over the country, and my guest is the national organization's Sr. Director of Product:Dave Crusoe is an education technology researcher, architect and producer. He loves to dream big and make big happen–especially by bringing together astute and eager teams. He is Senior Director – Youth Digital Engagement for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a role that enables infinite imagination about how to construct youth digital visitor experience, provides focus on youth learning and life outcomes and requires engaging a curious set of resources. He holds an EdM degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, enjoys writing, plays the banjo poorly, explores caves and writes children’s stories.Links from the episode:Visit MyFuture.net: https://myfuture.net/
Decoding Tech & Race through Racial Literacy
Christy Crawford ChristyCrawfordserves as the Director of Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education for New York City’sComputer Science forAllInitiative.For more than a decade she taught K-8 classes in Harlem and the Bronx.She was also a curriculum fellow for theNew York City Computer Science forAllBlueprintand an adjunct lecturer for the City College of New York.She was an education consultant for companies such as Scholastic, BrainPOP, and Nickelodeon.Prior to teaching,Crawfordwas a television producer for severalnetworks.She uses her experience in education and media to foster equity byallmeansnecessary.Crawfordis an advocate for communities of color in computer science.Dr. Lloyd Talley is a mixed-methods developmental psychologist and interdisciplinary social policy researcher. He focuses on the intersections of social and life course identity development as a lens for meaning-making and in the prediction of educational, behavioral, and mental health outcomes. He received his PhD in applied psychology and human development and Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and his BA in communication and culture from Howard University. Overall, he seeks to develop complex models of human behavior which highlight the central role of identity development and socialization processes in behavioral patterns and social outcomes. Recently, Talley has focused on exploring the within-group diversity of Black populations by developing profiles of identity (racial, gender, religious) and examining their relationship to patterns in social and health outcomes.Notes from this episode:Howard C.StevensenJames Banks is the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies Emeritus and is the founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington,, which is now the Banks Center for Educational Justice.Zaretta HammondTranslanguagingAkbar Cooke’s Instagram A Pathway to Racial Literacy: Using the LETS ACT Framework to Teach Controversial Issues
CodeScty: Schoolhouse Rock for Computer Science. But Lit!
This is a live concert hosted by CS For All and NYC Men Teach at 2020's first Men of Color Lunch and Learn. CodeSCTY uses original hip hop music, videos and experiential activities to teach computer science and computational thinking concepts to young people. Imagine Schoolhouse Rock for computer science – but lit!"Our suite of content includes original music, videos, and curricula that provides a foundational understanding of computational thinking and technology, laying the groundwork for grasping more advanced concepts. Our curriculum, accessible through our mobile app and website, includes our original content, as well as a facilitation guide for activating the materials in the computer science classroom. Our goal is to transform young people from passive users of technology to innovative problem solvers and visionaries that are equipped with the tools they need to reimagine society. In a soundbite, we teach how to think before learning how to code."Links from this episode:CodeScty: https://www.codescty.com/Men of Color Lunch & Learn: http://cs4all.nyc/2020/01/31/men-of-color-lunch-learn/Advertisement: Thompson Educational Consulting http://tectalksolve.com/
900 Middle Schoolers in CA Might* Have One of the Country's Most Innovative Learning Experiences This Fall
Back in Episode 67 we had our first conversation with this group. In a close community in the central valley of California, once, long ago founded by the timber industry, there lies a school district that's building one of the most important school experiences that any 12 or 13-year-old student in the country will experience this coming year.For those unfamiliar with the jargon - "Career and Technical Education" is a category of education models in the US (in parts of the country you know it as Vo-Tech or Vocational Technical education) that historically has been reserved for high schools, where, since the early 80's the federal government has been funding them through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act.I'm excited to check in with the principle designers of MAD Tech, what excites them about the year to come, and, of course, with current events, what has them worried about what should be a celebrated kickoff this coming fall for what they've built, together as a community for education.Alyson Rocco is Principal at the Madera Technical Exploration Center - “Madera TEC.” She was a Madera High School graduate and is returning to the district after fifteen years in ClovisUnified, ten as a classroom teacher and five in administration.Theron Cosgrave (aka “Cos”) is a national consultant who works with educators on a wide range of issues including project-based learning, curriculum development, school design, leadership development, and strategic planning.Kristin McKenna is the Director of College and Career Readiness. Kristin supports the teachers in Madera Unified’s 25 career pathways, and helps build industry partnerships to align with the courses.She manages all of the CTE specific funding and is responsible for writing new grants as they become available.When you're done listening - head over to facebook.com/nosuchthingpodcast and check out some of the photos that Alyson sent me of the new school. For those you who like to geek out about the architectural spaces where learning happens you might love these.
My New Math Therapist, Dan Meyer
Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn't like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the Chief Academic Officer at Desmos where he explores the future of math textbooks. He speaks internationally and was named one of Tech & Learning's 30 Leaders of the Future. He lives in Mountain View, CA.Links from this episode:Dan Meyer: https://blog.mrmeyer.com/"Math Class Needs a Makeover" on TED, Dan Meyer: https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_class_needs_a_makeover?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshareDesmos: https://www.desmos.com/Rochelle Gutierrez: https://education.illinois.edu/faculty/rochelle-gutierrezZaretta Hammond: https://crtandthebrain.com/about/
Entrepreneurship: A Key Mindset For The Digital Age?
Dr. JD LaRockDr. J.D. LaRock is President and CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a global nonprofit organization that activates the entrepreneurial mindset and builds startup skills in young people from underserved communities. Reaching more than 100,000 middle and high school students annually, NFTE works with 2,000+ schools and community partners in 10 metropolitan regions across the U.S., as well as eight countries spanning Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.Aaron Trinidad is a high school senior at Holy Trinity High School and is joined by teacher, Angela Miceli. He is also founder of the app Lender, which pairs nonprofits with volunteers based on interest, availability and location. This business venture led him to be the winner of the 2019 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York City. Currently, he is doing research into what it will take to get the app developed and launched.Links from this episode:Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE): https://www.nfte.com/Holy Trinity High School, Chicago: https://holytrinity-hs.org/RuPaul: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RuPaulGreta Thunberg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg